Proboscis monkey

Research paper

Introduction

What Old World monkey has a strange nose and webbed fingers? Well if you guessed the Proboscis monkey, you are correct. I will talk about what the monkey looks like, where it lives, and its enemies.


Appearance

This Old World monkey got its name from its unique nose. Proboscis means flexible snout. People think of the Proboscis monkey as a loudspeaker, which helps others when they're in danger. The Proboscis monkey looks like it has webbing between their fingers to help them swim easier. The female lifespan is up to 20 years old. The male lives up to 21 years old. The longest they can live up to is 23 years old. The length of the body is 60 to 70 cm long, which is about 2 to 3 feet long , and they weigh 16 to 22.5 kg, which is 35 to 50 pounds. The adult body fur is pink and brown, with red around the head and shoulder. Their face is a cream color when they are adults. The arms, legs, and tail are gray.
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Habitat

This primate lives in the tropical rainforest. They are located in Borneo which is in Southeast Asia. They like the water. They’ll even cross at the narrowest point and dog paddle across. They will jump in as quietly as possible so they don’t attract predators. They inhabit higher levels of the canopy and swing from tree to tree.
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Prey

These Old World monkeys vegetarians. Ninety-five percent of the proboscis monkey’s diet is Mangrove leaves. They also like to eat unripe fruits and occasionally insects. January to May they are frugivorous, or fruit eaters. June to December they are more folivorous, or leaf eaters.

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Enemies

There are several threats to these primates. One enemy of these primates is human settlements because humans destroy their habitats. Most of the time they lose their habitats to deforestation. There are estimated to be only about 1,000 Proboscis monkeys left. This species is considered endangered. More predators of the proboscis monkeys are the clouded leopards, crocodiles, eagles, monitor lizards, and pythons. Adult males shriek to scare off the predators.
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Conclusion

Besides having a big nose and webbed fingers there are many more interesting facts about the proboscis monkey. You can already tell it’s a weird animal. I hope more of the proboscis monkeys are able to reproduce and not continue to die off.

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